1. Yardbirds286

    Yardbirds286 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lucy, is our 15week old Buff Orpington pullet. She has been the smallest of our girls since the day we got her at a couple days old. About three days ago I noticed she was looking thinner than usual. I watched her for the past couple days, and like I said she is acting normal. Today when I picked her up her breast bone felt very prominent, and she feels lighter. I checked her poo, and it is a little on the softer side, but not runny. She eats, drinks, runs around, and even bosses some of the other girls out of the way for a treat. There where no signs of mites or anything like that. No sneezing, or coughing either. Just really a change in weight. She Lives in a 5x7 coop with 6 other gals, and has a huge enclosed yard to roam.
    What can I do to put weight on her before she starts to lay? She feels so tiny compared to the other Buff's I have. I want to nip a problem in the butt, before it is something more serious.
     
  2. Bedste

    Bedste Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If she has not started laying yet..... then maybe you should try ivermectin. I get it from the feed store. It is a horse wormer. I put one BB size amount in each beak. You can not eat the eggs for 14 days afterwards. From what I understand... ivermectin not only gets rid of worms it also gets rid of any parasites inside and out.... such as mites or lice. Twice a year I ivermectin all my chickens and clean out the coop and lay DE and fresh pine shavings ..... occasionally I also poultry dust the birds. I like doing this all at the same time ..... it gets rid of everything. It might be over doing it but it is only twice a year
     

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